Hundreds of American lives have been misplaced to the novel coronavirus this previous 12 months, however one traditionally deadly sickness has taken a backseat this season: the flu, which, in response to federal well being estimates, has killed just one little one this 12 months.
For context, practically 200 pediatric lives had been misplaced in the course of the 2019-2020 flu season, in response to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC).
There have been simply 1,499 scientific laboratory-confirmed instances of influenza this 12 months, per estimates from the CDC, which additionally exhibits that flu-related hospitalizations are considerably decrease this season in comparison with seasons previous.
Between Oct. 1 — the beginning of flu season — and Feb, 20, there have been some 183 laboratory-confirmed influenza hospitalizations, representing an total cumulative hospitalization fee of 0.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, per the CDC.
“That is a lot decrease than common for this level within the season and decrease than charges for any season since routine information assortment started in 2005, together with the low severity 2011-12 season. In the course of the 2011-12 season, the speed was 2.2 instances larger right now within the season. Hospitalization charges stratified by age might be offered as soon as case counts enhance to a degree that produces steady charges by age,” the company says.
Specialists who beforehand spoke to Fox Information on the nation’s decrease than typical flu exercise this 12 months stated that preventative measures to guard in opposition to COVID-19 — akin to carrying masks, social distancing, frequent handwashing, and avoiding indoor crowds — have probably performed a task in holding the flu at bay.
College closures additionally probably performed a task, as early analysis suggests children transmit the influenza virus higher than they do COVID-19, Dr. Abisola Olulade, a household drugs doctor in California, stated on the time.
Olulade additionally identified that whereas some could recommend that individuals weren’t testing for the flu amid coronavirus, the positivity fee of those that had been remained decrease than typical, which signifies that the viral unfold locally was certainly low, and never a matter of what check was performed.
Fox Information’ Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.